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R.M. BallantyneFast in the Ice (January 19, 2008)

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Librivox recording of Fast in the Ice by
R.M. Ballantyne read by Esther.

At the age of 16 Ballantyne went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. His rule in writing, being in every case, was to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described.

In this book he details the lives of the crew as they must overwinter in the frozen north including their meetings with Eskimos and bears and their struggles with disease. This is a realistic account of what life was like for the explorers of the Arctic. (summary by Esther, adapted from wikipedia)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collection: Audio Books & Poetry

Artist/Composer: R.M. Ballantyne
Date: 2008-01-19
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; arctic; Canada; adventure; Eskimo

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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02 - At Sea, The First Storm 9.4 MB 
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03 - In the Ice, Dangers of Arctic Voyaging 14.7 MB 
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04 - Difficulties, Troubles, And Dangers 14.7 MB 
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05 - A Gale, Narrow Escapes, Signs Of Winter, Set Fast 15.6 MB 
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06 - Preparations for Wintering, Remarkable Adventures with a Bear 16.7 MB 
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07 - A Great Battle with the Walrus 24.3 MB 
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08 - The Cause of Ice-Bergs, Fox-Chase, A Bear 13.0 MB 
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09 - A Visit to the Eskimos, Wonderful Doings, A Mystery 13.5 MB 
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10 - The Tale of a Kite, A Great Bear-Fight 11.8 MB 
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11 - Christmas Time, Death, Return of Light and Hope, Disasters and Final Deliverance 935.0 B 
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Reviewer: GonzoRanch - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 10, 2013
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ditto's to review below. I wish the book were 2-3x longer. It's very very interesting.
Reviewer: FNH - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2008
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A while back I was blown away by Shackletons account of his exploits at the pole, and that lingering awe is what drew me to this story. We have the recorded account of a captain and his crew as they become locked in by the ice. It's a very interesting read/listen you get to hear about the practicalities of the physical environment the men build and the social and mental stresses they go through just trying to survive.

We also hear about their escapades with Bears and the occasional interaction with the indiginous people. The story as told is mildly engaging and kept me hooked right to the end.

As a bonus the reader is excellent and delivers the reading in a delightful bouncy tone that brings the text alive.

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